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Old January 4th, 2012, 01:46 PM   #3421
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Korean Air may have delayed services to BKK via A380, because they initially announced services to BKK with the A380.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #3422
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Old January 5th, 2012, 07:59 AM   #3423
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Yesterday, Singapore Airlines nineteenth and final A380 (MSN092) completed final assembly.

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She took fourteen weeks to complete assembly, and is expected to fly at the end of the month.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 05:03 PM   #3424
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Cracks found in A380s during Qantas repairs

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-...105-1pmyv.html

"THE discovery of tiny cracks in one of the wings of a Qantas A380 under extensive repair in Singapore has led to the detection of similar problems in four other Airbus superjumbos worldwide.
The cracks - less than a centimetre long - in the wing ribs of the A380s do not pose an immediate threat to the safety of the aircraft. The ribs are vertical fixtures that stabilise the wings.
But their detection is expected to prompt Airbus to issue a service bulletin to airlines later this month requiring them to check for the problem when their A380s are due for heavy maintenance every four years."

It will be interesting to see what the service bulletin says when it comes out. Hopefully it is only a minor issue.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #3425
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‘Airbus beat 2011 delivery goal’

January 5 2012 at 03:59pm

Airbus delivered more than 530 jets in 2011, beating a company forecast and almost certainly maintaining its lead over Boeing for the ninth year running, industry sources said.

The European planemaker had predicted deliveries of 520-530 aircraft, up 4 percent from the previous year as urbanization and demand from emerging markets cushion both leading aircraft manufacturers from a feeble Western economy.

Commercial aircraft production continues to grow, despite uncertainty late last year over the availability of financing, and looks to have hit a combined level above 1,000 jets for the first time in 2011.

The market for jets over 100 seats is dominated by EADS subsidiary Airbus and Boeing, with China, Russia and Canada preparing to challenge them in the lower end of the market later this decade.

Airbus declined to comment on its 2011 performance ahead of a company presentation on January 17.

Boeing is due to unveil 2011 orders and deliveries at 18:00 SA time later on Thursday, having targeted deliveries of approximately 480 aircraft.

Airbus overtook Boeing in 2003 in a global passenger jet market valued at $4 trillion over the next 20 years.

Their rivalry led to what became the world's largest trade dispute over mutual accusations of subsidies, with World Trade Organization cases expected to reach a climax in 2012.

In the first 11 months of 2011, Airbus delivered 477 aircraft and Boeing factories delivered 426 aircraft.

Steady deliveries are seen as the lifeblood for both industrial titans in 2012 as doubts gather over the economy and the ability of airlines to pay for their aircraft.

Barring global recession or a disorderly break-up of the euro that could trigger widespread economic contagion, the industry insists for now that financing for the $80-100 billion needed annually to pay for deliveries is secure.

Airbus also won a bigger share of orders than its US rival in 2010 after promising to revamp its best-selling A320 150-seat jetliner with new fuel-saving engines.

Industry sources say Airbus is on course to end 2011 with well over 1,600 orders, pushing Boeing to the lowest market share of their 40-year rivalry.

But the gap is seen as a blip as Boeing retaliates with its own revamped 737 which is seen likely to capture most attention in 2012.

The two companies are preparing for a major battle over a $16 billion order from United Airlines in the first quarter expected to cover approximately 180 aircraft, including possibly 130 of the latest generation of revamped 150-seaters.

Airbus notched up 1,521 orders between January and November against 894 for Boeing. Both companies are expected to include last-minute orders in their final end-year figures.

The two manufacturers are thought to have ended 2011 much closer in terms of order value after Boeing pulled off a record year of orders of its wide-body 777.

The $300 million 1990s long-range jet is enjoying a second honeymoon with airlines after Airbus failed to allay criticism of its competing A350-1000, due out in 2017.

While Airbus has been in the driving seat for narrowbodies during most of 2011, analysts say Boeing is setting the pace for many larger jets.

Industry attention in 2012 will focus on how well both companies perform in building the next generation of carbon-composite wide-body passenger jets, the 787 Dreamliner which entered service last last year and the mid-sized Airbus A350. - Reuters

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Old January 5th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #3426
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Old January 6th, 2012, 07:26 AM   #3427
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Source:http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/Sin...60228.html?x=0
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Singapore Air says cracks found in Airbus A380 wings
On Friday 6 January 2012, 9:48 SGT

SINGAPORE, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines (SIA) , the world's second-biggest carrier by market value, said on Friday it has found cracks on the wing ribs on two of its Airbus A380s, but added the cracks pose no threat to safety and repairs have been carried out.

The remarks came after Airbus said on Thursday that engineers discovered minor cracks in the wings of a "limited number" of A380s, but the cracks were not affecting the safety of the aircraft.

"Cracks were found on a small number of wing rib feet on an Airbus A380 during inspections in the second half of last year. These pose no safety issue and repairs were carried out on the aircraft," SIA's spokesman Nicholas Ionides said in an email to Reuters.

"Repairs were subsequently carried out on a second aircraft. We have kept the relevant regulatory authorities fully informed, and will be carrying out inspections and any necessary repairs on other A380s as they go in for routine checks," he added.

SIA, the first operator of such aircraft, operates 14 A380s and has five on order, while Qantas has taken delivery of 10 of its 20 A380 aircraft on order.

The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported tiny cracks had appeared on wings of a Qantas A380 superjumbo.

The newspaper said the first crack, barely visible to the human eye, was spotted on a Qantas A380 undergoing a $130 million repair job in Singapore after a 2010 engine blowout.

At first, the discovery was believed to be related to the explosion on an inboard Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine but the cause was later found to be a separate issue, the report said. Both Singapore Airlines and Qantas are using Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on their A380 fleets.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #3428
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I guess it's comforting to know it's not only Qantas suffering A380 issues.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #3429
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Staying connected with OnAir aboard A380s operated by Emirates and Qantas

Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smart phones and tablets will be able to connect while flying aboard the A380s by logging onto the OnAir network and following simple steps to access the Internet.

With Emirates, numerous A380 flights have been providing the service for several months as part of a proving phase that began after installation on the initial aircraft in 2010. Emirates is now introducing the Wi-Fi connectivity on 11 of its 19 A380s currently in operation, with all aircraft on order ultimately to offer this service across the entire fleet.

Qantas will commence OnAir in-flight connectivity trials on six of its A380s beginning next month for designated Sydney-Los Angeles and Melbourne-Los Angeles flights. The service initially will be available to customers travelling in the first and business cabins and are part of Qantas' ongoing strategic evaluation of connectivity options.

http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/new...es-and-qantas/
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Old January 6th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #3430
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Finally

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Airbus Wins Order for A380s From Hong Kong Airlines

Airbus, the world’s largest passenger-jet maker, won a contract from Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. (HKAIRZ) for 10 double decker A380s, valued at about $3.8 billion at list prices.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #3431
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Two days ago. First Engine Run for msn103 F-WWAL

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Old January 6th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #3432
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Source:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/singap...110837047.html

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Singapore Airlines says A380 wing cracks repaired
Singapore Airlines says it repaired wing cracks in 2 Airbus A380s

AP – 5 hours ago

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore Airlines says it has repaired cracks on the wings of two Airbus A380 jets and the planes are safe to fly.
The carrier said in a statement Friday during the second half of last year it found cracks on "a small number of wing rib feet," which connect the rib of the wing to its skin.
France's Airbus said Thursday that it had recommended to airlines that fly the A380 to check for cracks, though they did not pose a safety risk. Australia's Qantas Airways said Friday that it also found cracks in one of its 10 A380s.
Singapore Airlines was the world's first carrier to fly the A380 in 2007 and has 14 of them in its fleet.
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Old January 7th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #3433
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Old January 8th, 2012, 01:53 AM   #3434
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WHEN DO U THINK, THAT THE AIRBUS 380 WILL GO TO MEXICO?
AND WHICHE AIRLINE: AF, BAW, LH??
I HOPE TO HAVE RESPONSES

You've asked at least 3 times now. I wouldn't bet on seeing in Mexico any time soon. The Air France and lufthansa flights more than adequately serve this route as is.
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Old January 8th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #3435
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Yesterday, Singapore Airline’s fifteenth A380 (MSN076) was ferried to Toulouse, in preparation for delivery.

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She will carry the airline registration 9V-SKP.

This frame will allow Singapore Airlines to begin A380 services on its Frankfurt and New York route (SQ026).

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Yesterday, Emirates’ twenty-fourth A380 (MSN105) complete final assembly.

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She took just eleven weeks to complete assembly, which is one week longer then Emirates’ previous frame (MSN103). She carries the test registration of F-WWAK.

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Hong Kong Airlines confirms order for 10 A380s
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With the new aircraft, due to be delivered from 2015, the carrier will introduce long-haul services to destinations including Paris, London and Sydney, she added.
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Qantas have announced that the A380 that was severely damaged in November 2010 (MSN014), will return to service in March.

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On November 4th 2010, Qantas Flight 32 en route from Singapore to Sydney suffered an uncontained engine failure on the number two engine, and was forced to return to Singapore.

Repair work began in May 2011, and is expected to be completed by February. She will then go through a series of test flights, before returning to service in late March.

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Cracks Found In Wings Of 3 A380 Jets

-EADS says cracks are in non-critical areas of wings, planes should not be grounded.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #3440
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Malaysia Airlines’ fourth A380 (MSN089) has been confirmed as the new frame being carried on Convoy #01/2012.

Only the wings and tailplane are being carried in the convoy, with the remaining components scheduled to arrive later in the month.

Once delivered in Q2 2012, she will carry registration 9M-MND.

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